The challenge of wind when speaking – tips on speaking outdoors

Despite the title this isn’t a post on flatulence and the modern speaker, sorry, I’ll write that post some time in the future!

‘Wind’ comes up a lot in many of the greatest speeches of our time: ‘winds of change’, winds of time’ ‘winds of fury’.

However, wind is most influential on our speaking when we’re outdoors – a wind blowing in the wrong direction can leave us mute, our audience straining to hear us and our message lost in the breeze!

It’s a little thing, but one that you might not have thought of – always check which way the wind is blowing before you start speaking – is it carrying your message, or pushing against it?

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Rich Watts is the UK Business Speaker of the Year and a past JCI National Public Speaking champion. He setup and now runs Rich Public Speaking providing presentation skills and public speaking training.

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